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handy_dandy_8
Mar 10, 2020 12:41 PM CST
Hello! Can anyone identify this tree/shrub? Tea olive perhaps?
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Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Mar 10, 2020 1:28 PM CST
Hope someone will know better than I do but I think it might be a:Prunus caroliniana (Carolina Cherry Laurel). I'm basing that on the flowers. Do they have a bit of a sweet smell?

handy_dandy_8
Mar 16, 2020 3:32 PM CST
They don't seem to have a smell to me...or not yet, anyway. Thanks for the reply!
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Mar 16, 2020 11:51 PM CST
I don't think I noticed before that you thought it might be a Tea Olive. There is a description followed by a number of pictures of tea olives in our Plants Database.

See if this link will take you there.
Tea Olive (Osmanthus fragrans)

Your first picture looks like something else but I can't quite place it.
Frisco, TX (Zone 8a)
zone 8
Hummingbirder Region: Texas Roses Butterflies Echinacea
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teacup754
Mar 22, 2020 10:59 PM CST
Could it be India Hawthorne?
North Richland Hills, TX (Zone 8a)
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Rido
Apr 4, 2020 4:36 AM CST
Hello,
It looks like Sweet Viburnum and it's not definitely tea olive. Tea olive leaves are matte and also called sweet olive is best fragrant shrub I have ever seen. It produces fragrant flowers twice a year however flowers are so tiny and not very noticeable but apricot fragrance will blow your mind. I have 7 of them all over in my yard. I also have the Viburnum Chindo and gets very large but is not very fragrant only plus side is very shiny leaves.
Thanks ,
Ridvan

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